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O glorious St. Andrew, you were the first to recognize and follow the Lamb of God. With your friend, St. John, you remained with Jesus for that first day, for your entire life, and now throughout eternity. As you led […]

From the poetic pen of the Concord Pastor comes this beautiful prayer for this first Monday of Advent. I can’t think of a better way to begin a new year, and a new week:  With Advent begins a new year […]

“Do you think frequently of your father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., the former mayor of Baltimore? My father died the year I was elected to Congress, 1987. I think about my parents all the time, especially on Sunday when I’m at […]

God of peace, we pray for those who have served our nation and have laid down their lives to protect and defend our freedom. We pray for those who have fought, whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war, whose […]

The souls of the just are in the hand of God and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth […]

A gorgeous and thought-provoking meditation on something that seems to have fallen out of fashion: kneeling. From Heather King: The first time I went to Mass, in trembling and fear, I was shocked to see people kneeling. In the middle […]

“God is the reason that I’m running. If I didn’t believe that there were a cause greater than myself worth fighting for, if I didn’t believe that it takes a complete dying of self to make things right in this […]

In this “month of the rosary,” here’s something – literally – heaven-sent. Elizabeth Scalia has created a remarkable new way of praying the rosary that will be a valuable resource for people looking for work. She spoke about it on […]

“O God, who bestowed on the Priest Blessed John Henry Newman the grace to follow your kindly light and find peace in your Church; graciously grant that, through his intercession and example, we may be led out of shadows and […]

Heavenly Father, we give honor and praise to your name.  All power is from you and we thank you for the gift of your son, Jesus Christ, and for his sacrifice for us on Calvary. We humbly ask you to […]